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"of his generation"

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UnquietDad Mon 13-Jul-09 14:38:47

As in "the most gifted writer/actor/songwriter of his generation."

Annoying journo-speak?

Because they don't mean that, do they? They just mean "someone I am bigging up who currently has a high profile."

Five years ago, someone of similar age who happened to be in the news was "the most gifted blah-bah of his generation."

And "generation" seems to mean anything from 20 to 50.

AitchTwoOh Mon 13-Jul-09 14:41:39

tbh it's the sort of crappy trope that my editor would kick my arse for, warned against in most broadsheet style books.

UnquietDad Mon 13-Jul-09 15:08:04

You still see it all over the place, though!

I had a free copy of the Grauniad style book a couple of years ago. Lost it now.

AitchTwoOh Mon 13-Jul-09 17:17:40

i love a style book, i've got quite a few of them. the ST one famously written by keith waterhouse as i recall. they're good books for the loo imo.

TrillianAstra Mon 13-Jul-09 17:25:13

A style book? That sound awesome.

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